When it comes to Jesus Christ and what he says about himself, he’s either right or wrong. He’s either “from above” or “from below”. In this passage, on the Sabbath, Jesus spits on the grounds, kneads spit and dirt into mud and anoints a man’s blind eyes. He breaks God’s Law, by breaking God’s Day, the Sabbath. Something which, in the past, had caused God to punish his people. However, in the current passage, God does not punish Jesus, rather, he honours him, by healing the blind man. This certainly shakes up the religious leaders of the day, causing them to come face to face with the reality of who Jesus is. He must be who he says that he is. 

Jason Bryan-Brown preaching on the 28th of July, 2016, on John 9.